The word “legend” is used a lot these days, probably too much, so much so that you don’t think twice when you read it.
Sulaiman “Dik” Abed, Enfield CC Professional, 1967-1976, passed away in the Netherlands this week.
When you’re a young kid growing up in Clayton in the early seventies, you played and watched footy during the winter and cricket in the summer. Enfield still packed em in those days, not post war crowds of course, but to a youngster it was packed. These were Enfield’s halcyon years, a time when our “legends” team made its name, a time when we were Champions. Dik Abed was a hero to those kids, a Professional and Gentleman in equal measure. Dik was the paid man in a top team for 10 seasons, unheard of in the current cricketing climate. He took over 800 wickets with his deceptive medium-pacers (super fast to an 8 year old), and also scored over 5,000 runs. It’s not just the stats, it’s the legacy that should also be remembered. He raised the profile of a small Lancashire League Club to a level recognised internationally, just read the tribute from Cricket SA to see what I mean. For that he will always have a place in the hearts of everyone at Enfield CC, everyone played with him or against him, and those lucky enough to have spent time in his company will feel the same.
Everyone at Enfield CC would to thank the many people who have paid tributes in the last couple of days, love to you all.
ECC Grand Christmas Draw
Only 100 Tickets will be sold
Drawn on Sunday 17th December 2017
by a very special guest
Tickets £20.00 each available from any Committee Member, Stewardess or bar staff
Last night our President, Mr John Hargreaves hosted his 39th Presidents Dinner. To say this was a huge success would be a ridiculous understatement. Speaker Dr Kevin Jones received a standing ovation, something I’ve never seen before at these events. That was surpassed though by the ovation given to the President himself. Our Chairman paid this tribute on behalf of all at Enfield CC.
Well done John Hargreaves, President of Enfield CC, for a long time to come!
We are delighted to announce that Enfield CC have again been granted ECB ClubMark re-accreditation. ClubMark has is a governing body award given to clubs who adhere to strict criteria of governance, we are assessed every year and have a full review every 3 years. It basically means we are doing things right, we aren’t perfect but we are getting there!
If you would like to read about some of the commitments we’ve made, a ClubMark notice board in the club, highlights the separate sections for which ECC has been given approval.
It’s no small feat and plenty of work has gone in to achieving this milestone. A massive thanks must be given to Yvonne Winnard who (assisted by Anthony Shackleton) managed the entire re-accreditation process and spent no little time and effort getting ECB approval. Well done to all.
On Thursday November 16th from 7:45 Enfield are hosting the Lancashire League Heritage Experience celebrating 125 years of the Lancashire League. We would love as many of our members, players and supporters, old and new, to come and enjoy the evening and share some memories. We are hoping local historians will come along to share any Lancashire League cricket stories with people keen to hear them. For our supporters and officials there will be an opportunity to see some rare footage of our Worsley Cup win at Rawtenstall in 1978.
The day after, on Friday 17th November our President John Hargreaves hosts his annual dinner dance at the club where the Platinum 100 club’s first mega-prize of £2000 will be drawn. There are a few tickets left for the mixed dinner which features guest speaker Dr Kevin Jones and well-known Merseyside comedian Sean Styles. If you fancy snapping up one or more of the last remaining tickets for this prestigious event please contact me as soon as you can.
Wishing you all the best of luck and once again thanks for your support.
We are sad to announce that having fought against illness for the last few years, Stan Shaw has passed away. Stan was a very popular face at DHL and served Enfield as a committee member for many years. But it was without doubt his role as a groundsman for which he will best be remembered by myself and many others.
If a Southerner was to describe your archetypal Northerner it would be to describe Stan. A spade was a spade, fag in hand, one line put downs and a true northern grit never told all the story. Stan could be as grumpy as the best, and, as much as his generation was (and is), he was very rarely politically correct. Waxing lyrical about the latest turmoil was never Stan’s cup of tea. It was right or wrong, wet or dry, cold or hot, black or white. Arguments in the bar would always be short and sweet and I would always give up when trying to put forward any sort of alternative view that he or Dave disagreed with, it was always pointless, they always won. But that was his generation, that was Stan. Grumpy, oh yes, stubborn, without doubt, respected, absolutely.
I could write for hours on some of the things he said and did whilst working on the ground, they’re making me chuckle as I write. One of the funniest (and one of the few that are printable) tales was when I replaced Stan’s ridiculously old “wireless” with a DAB radio so we could listen to the Test Matches in the hut during any rainy days, of which there was many. Stan of course hated the thing and struggled to get anything on it whatsoever. I would often turn up to see a cloud of tobacco smoke bellowing from the hut thinking Stan was listening to TMS only to find him tuned in to something like Radio Moscow. I would walk in touch one button and hey presto cricket came on, “smart ass” he would say whilst making me a brew and rolling me a fag. He never gave me an easy time over that radio. Following the fire of 2012 that destroyed the Tea Room and hut, he said to me, “at least I don’t have to put up with that bloody crap radio of yours anymore”. I did in fact pull it out of the ashes, and a few days later presented it to him.
Stan’s heart was always with his family, he never stopped talking about them. But it didn’t stop him asking about yours, as during a particularly difficult time in my family he did just that. Something I’ll always be very, very, grateful for. I’m proud to have called him a friend.
A pint to toast Stan tonight, definitely.
Enfield CC are pleased to announce our Captains for 2018 season.
Due to off field commitments our Div 2 winning captain Tiarnan Hamill has opted to return to our playing ranks and hand over the reigns to our new Captain Fergus Bailey. Fergus will be ably assisted by Charlie Jackson.
After Thursdays committee meeting, at which 2018 Captains were confirmed, Chairman Howard Cook asked BBB to publish his thanks to big T, H said “I want to place on record both mine and the committee’s thanks to T for his Captaincy over the last 2 seasons. Not only have we been consistently competitive but we’ve done so whilst managing multiple Professional issues not helping our cause. Tiarnan has not only coped with this, but he put together a winning side that bought into the ethics we are promoting at DHL. On top of that we won a trophy as well. Thanks again T and we all look forward to seeing you back in action in the playing ranks next season, I would also like to welcome Fergus and Charlie to their new roles. Fergus has proved to be fantastic addition to our first eleven and continuously given positive contributions throughout 2017. We look forward to even more in 2018. Charlie is now considered by all at DHL as a greatly respected senior member of our team and will be an asset to the club and Fergus in seasons to come. We look forward to seeing them both build on the work started by Tiarnan”
Our 2XI Captain will again be veteran club servant Phil Wilkinson, and our 3s will again be skippered by Anthony Shackleton.
Our next date for the diaries is this Saturday, 21st of October when we’ll be hosting our 2017 Presentation evening.
The evening will feature our usual quiz with live music and a supper. It’s free entry and we begin at 7:30pm, everyones welcome.
A week later it’s our Halloween party night, with only a small number of tickets left it’s sure to be a great night and you can get your tickets from the club or Jack Cook.
Then of course we’ve our annual bonfire night on November 3rd with a firework display, this event is pay on the day.
Finally we’ve our Presidents dinner on Friday November 17th. MC’d by the popular Andy Ashworth the evening features guest speaker Dr Kevin John nes and comedian Sean Styles and of course the usual top notch grub. Tickets are available from the club or our President, John Hargreaves.